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Kennedy, John  Search this
Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete and steel
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
State Fair Community College Stauffacher Fine Arts Center 3201 West 16th Street Courtyard Sedalia Missouri 65301
Commissioned 1992. Dedicated March 11, 1995
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Missouri survey, 1995.
Image on file.
"John Kennedy, Sculpture," Palm Springs, CA: John Kennedy Studio.
(Artist's monogram) (On steel support post:) SPIRIT OF LEARNING signed
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Six elongated, abstract figures in dance postures form a ring on and above a staircase base. The far proper right figure stands on its proper right hand on the bottom step of the staircase, holding the proper left foot of the second figure that is ascending the steps on the toes of its proper right foot. The third figure is at the top of the staircase, the toes of each foot touching one of the top two steps. The second and third figures are supporting three elevated figures that complete the circle, each touching an extremity of the other figures, as they float in the air. The far proper left floating figure is leaning on the top of a steel support post with its proper right hand.
Abstract  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Performing Arts--Dance  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Education  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Stairs  Search this
Homage--Matisse, Henri  Search this
Literature--Emerson--Man & God  Search this
Control number:
IAS MO000314
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums